How to Do a Pedicure at Home: DIY Pedicure Kits, Tools & Tips to Know

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It’s almost summer, which means two things: It’s time to go shoe shopping and maybe it’s time to learn how to do a pedicure at home. Whether your salon is still closed, you’re not ready to return back yet, or you’re trying to save some cash, the art of the DIY pedicure is always a skill worth mastering. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to do once you’ve got the basics down.

Before you get started, make sure to carve out a good chunk of time for yourself. Moving slowly will not only give you the best results, but it’ll also give you time to really pamper your feet—they do a lot for you, and they deserve it. We spoke to top nail artists and gathered the tips and tricks you’ll want to know. Read on for our step-by-step guide for how to do a pedicure at home.

1. Gather your at-home pedicure tools.

The key to a professional level pedi isn’t only about the proper technique; it also comes down to having the right tools on hand. While it might be a bit of an investment up front, good-quality tools will make all the difference and save you cash in the long run. For a basic at-home pedicure kit, you’ll need:

2. Start in the shower.

Your shower basically acts like a makeshift steam room, which helps soften the layers of dead skin on your feet—making it the perfect start to a DIY pedicure. “When you’re in the shower, use an exfoliating scrub after washing your feet,” says celebrity manicurist Honey. If you have serious calluses, celebrity manicurist (and founder of the eponymous nail brand) Deborah Lippmann suggests even stashing a foot file or pumice stone in the shower and using it to slough off dead skin twice a week.

Once you’re out of the shower, follow up with a foot cream like Soap & Glory Heel Genius. And if you’re planning to paint your toenails, Honey recommends buffing a moisturizing oil into your nails now. “The oil acts like a moisturizer and treatment, and oil penetrates your skin more quickly than lotion,” she says.

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3. Shape your nails.

It’s generally best to leave your cuticles to the pros, but feel free to push them back with an orange stick while they’re still damp. Only clip away any hangnails with a nipper. Once your nails are dry (filing damp nails can lead to breakage), you can start shaping them. While your first instinct might be to go straight to the nail clippers, they can actually do more harm than good, so proceed with caution. “Cutting toenails too short leads to a higher chance of developing an ingrown nail,” says Honey.

If you’re using a clipper to trim your toenails, be careful not to cut them right to the edge of your skin, and take off as little as possible. If you can get away with it, only work with a nail file instead and follow the natural shape of your toe, making sure to smooth out any jagged edges. “Round, square—everyone’s toes are shaped differently,” Honey says, so there’s no need to force yours into a new shape.

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4. Paint your nails.

Raise your hand if your “pedicure” usually consists of you haphazardly dabbing a dot of polish onto each toenail while you’re bingeing Love Is Blind. Same. Taking the extra time to really focus on what you’re doing will ensure your pedi not only looks great but lasts way longer. The first step to getting your polish right? Use a base coat. This will not only help your polish go on smoothly and make it last longer, it can also help deliver strengthening and nourishing benefits to your nails.

This article was syndicated from glamour.com